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NCR-SARE Requests Nominations for Administrative Council Members

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:32
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) is seeking nominations for several seats on its Administrative Council: an at-large representative of an agriculture college or university, a non-profit organization…
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Abstracts Sought for Presentation at Organic Farming Research Conference

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:24
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in partnership with Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University, invites the submission of research abstracts for presentation at the 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference,…
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Kubota's 'Geared to Give' Program Awards Tractors to Farmer Veterans

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:24
Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced four new farmer veteran tractor recipients in its 2017 "Geared to Give" program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). During a special ceremony, four recipients were presented with keys to new…
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Organic Valley Announces Plans for Renewable Power by 2019

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:06
Farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley has announced a first-of-its-kind community partnership that will enable it to become the largest food company in the world to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Organic Valley is collaborating…
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North Dakota Seeks Participants for Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:56
North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking participants for the 2018 industrial hemp pilot program for agricultural or academic research. The NDDA encourages all interested parties (growers, processors, etc.) to submit a project proposal…
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SARE Introduces New Organic Production Resource

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:01
Related ATTRA Resources: Organic FarmingSustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has announced a new online resource to assist organic producers. The Organic Production topic room offers access to a wide range of free materials developed…
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Satellite Images Help Produce Irrigation Maps

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:40
Related ATTRA Publication: Measuring and Conserving Irrigation WaterA project led by Michigan State University used Google Earth Engine to make maps that quantified irrigation use each year for 18 years in the Republican River Basin. In this region that…
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Cornell Research Shows Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:53
Cornell University research has revealed that glyphosate has negative consequences for the bacteria Pseudomonas putida , used as a biocontrol for fungus on corn or other crops. The glyphosate stunted the bacteria, preventing it from controlling fungus…
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Crop Budgeting Tool Encouraging More Organic Grain Production

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:38
The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration, a special project of the Organic Trade Association's Grain, Pulse and Oilseed Council, has developed crop budgeting templates to help farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana plan future organic crop…
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Southern SARE Seeks Administrative Council Nominations

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:30
The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace an…
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European Parliament Votes to Ban Glyphosate by 2022

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:54
The European Parliament has approved a resolution that calls for glyphosate phase-out leading to a complete ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December of 2022, reports Deutsche Welle. Although the resolution is not binding, the majority vote put…
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Specialty Crop Grants Announced in Iowa

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 19:06
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced that eleven projects in Iowa have been selected to receive grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. A complete list of the projects that each received funding up to…
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Weather Changes Lead Farmers to Change Crops

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 18:52
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain TimesUnusual weather conditions, ranging from droughts to extreme temperatures to high rainfall, are causing some farmers to switch…
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Connecticut Kelp Farmers Face Permitting Hurdles

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 18:43
Related ATTRA Resource: Ecological Fisheries and Ocean FarmingThe Hartford Courant reports that five new or expanded kelp-farming operations are hoping to start this season in the ocean waters off Connecticut, if permitting hurdles can be cleared in…
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Urban Food-Plant Watering System Wins Ray of Hope Prize

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:38
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge has announced that NexLoop won the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize for 2017 for their AquaWeb innovation. The international team NexLoop developed the AquaWeb to help urban local food producers collect, filter, store,…
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Study Shows Consumers Confuse Organic and non-GMO Labels

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:02
A study led by a University of Florida professor tested the willingness of consumers to pay more for products labeled "organic" and "non-GMO." The test of 1,132 consumers found that they were willing to pay 35 cents more for granola bars labeled…
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Soil Survey Data Refreshed and Interpretations Added

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:48
The National Cooperative Soil Survey Program, an endeavor of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other cooperators, provides a systematic study of the soils in a given…
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International Research Shows Composting Improves Biochar's Fertilizing Capabilities

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:06
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable AgricultureAn international team of researchers, led by Germany's University of Tübingen with key contributions by Colorado State University experts, has demonstrated how composting of biochar creates a…
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Study Examines Impact of Local Farm to School Purchasing

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:49
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It WorkA new study from Colorado State University, The Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools, provides insight about the potential for…
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NRCS Announces Recovery Assistance for California Producers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:39
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will immediately begin accepting applications for its EQIP Catastrophic Fire Recovery fund pool to assist producers in covering the cost of certain rehabilitation practices, such as creating check dams…
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